2003 News Story

Arab foreign ministers discuss Iraqi situation at Cairo meeting

Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal left Cairo yesterday after attending the extraordinary meeting of foreign ministers of the League of Arab States, and their consultative meeting on Saturday. After yesterday's meeting, Prince Saud stated that he had presented a full report on talks held by Saudi officials during visits to a number of countries regarding the issue of Iraq, and confirmed that no conclusion had been reached regarding the convening of an extraordinary Arab Summit.

Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri, who was at the meeting, said earlier yesterday that Iraq wants fellow Arab states to do more to avert war. Also attending the meeting was Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou, who said late Saturday that he was confident the European Union can help the world avoid "military adventures" in Iraq. Greece currently holds the rotating presidency of the European Union.

Prince Saud also attended, on February 9, a session of the talks being held at Sharm Al-Shaikh by President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, President Muamar Gaddafi of Libya and President Bashar Al-Asad of Syria. The talks focused on developments of the tense situation in the region in view of the accelerating events of the Iraqi and Palestinian crises, with the aim of reaching a common Arab stance toward them.